June 21, 2013
Wellness Factors Decrease the Odds of Drinking and Driving Among College Students
by Lewis, T. F. and Myers, J. E. (2012), Wellness Factors Decrease the Odds of Drinking and Driving Among College Students. Jrnl Addictions & Off Counsel, 33: 93–106.
Alcohol consumption among college students remains a serious issue on campuses across the United States, despite the amount of attention from research, media, and governmental agencies. In 2002, Wechsler, Lee, Nelson, and Lee conducted a large-scale study on the prevalence of alcohol consumption on college campuses and its associated consequences. Results from their health behavior surveillance project, based at Harvard University, suggested that more than two fifths (44%) of college students met criteria for heavy, episodic drinking (also referred to as binge drinking, defined as five or more drinks in one sitting for men, four for women), and this drinking style may be increasing. Mitka (2009) found that the percentage of college students between the ages of 18 and 24 years who engaged in binge drinking increased from 41.7% in 1998 to 44.7% in 2005. Indeed, despite an enormous amount of attention, binge drinking continues to be a source of considerable concern on campuses today.